Educated at the St. Thomas Monastery in Brno, Mendel was ordained a priest in 1847. He performed pastoral duties for two years and in 1849 he became a teacher at a secondary school in Znaim. After failing a teacher qualification examination, he entered the University of Vienna where he studied mathematics and the sciences with a view to achieve a teacher qualification. He returned to a teaching position in Brno in 1854. In 1868, he became the Abbot of the Brno Monastery. Mendel's inability to pass a teacher's qualification did not detract from his research abilities. An interest in plants and evolution led him to perform groundbreaking work in heredity and in 1865 he published Versuche uber Planzen-Hybriden (Experiments in Plant Hybridization) a fundamental biological treatise which, nevertheless, wasn't recognized by the scientific community for over 30 years. This work became the foundation of modern genetics and is one of the most important papers in the history of science.
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Experiments in Plant Hybridization
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